How Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani Spent Their First Christmas as Married Couple

by Josh Lanier

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani let fans in on their first Christmas together as husband and wife. To make sure it was a good one, the couple tackled a task that beat them last year: making timpano. The Italian dish includes layers of meatballs, pasta, sausage, cheese in a dome of fresh-baked bread. It’s not easy to make, as they showed last year when they missed some steps and produced an inedible entree.

Gwen Stefani streamed the attempt on Instagram with thousands of fans tuning in to watch.

“Last year, we screwed up, I’m sorry! But I’m hoping to make up for last year,” she said. “We’re going to make sure we do everything from scratch. We love making memories. We go big.”

The intricate dish takes hours to prepare and cook, and any adventurous chef who attempts it won’t know if it worked until they turn it out onto a serving dish. Everyone in the Shelton-Stefani held their breath as Shelton struggled to flip the massive baking dish to reveal what could be a masterpiece or mush pile. After some seriously tense moments, the country singer turned over two perfectly cooked dishes.

Blake Shelton told People magazine why the couple loves timpano so much.

“Basically, there are all kinds of different pastas and sauces and layers in this like bread bubble,” Shelton explained. “Then you bake it, and you cut these slices, and it’s literally the most fattening worst thing you could probably ever eat. But it’s also the best thing you ever ate, too.”

Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani Are Culinary Explorers

Blake Shelton admits that he and his blushing bride enjoy trying new and exotic foods. Sometimes, the weirder the better, he said.

When they first began dating in 2015, Shelton explained to People Magazine, they wanted to try something unique for Thanksgiving.

“The first year, we made a hot Flamin’ Hot Cheetos turkey,” Shelton said. “We crusted it in the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. The next year Apollo, or maybe it was Zuma; I can’t remember. We ended up doing a Funyuns turkey, which actually tasted a lot like a regular turkey. I guess whatever they put in Funyuns, it’s the same stuff.”

Shelton said he likes to get Stefani’s children involved. She has three kids — Kingston, 15, Zuma, 13, and Apollo, 7 — from her previous marriage to Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale. Stefani said it was very important to have her family together for their first holiday since getting married this summer.

“We have a new house there. We have a new life there,” she told the magazine about their Oklahoma ranch. “So it’s gonna be our first married Thanksgiving! Very grateful, very excited.”

With that in mind, the couple went with a more traditional turkey this year. No more crunched-up cheese puff dust.

“One of them saw a picture of the bacon-wrapped — like the whole thing, and we’re doing it,” Shelton said.